Elder abuse is a serious problem. In Arizona, between 4,600 and 6,900 seniors will experience some type of abuse each year. Reports of abuse have increased 150% over the last decade. Older adults may become vulnerable due to isolation, physical or mental disabilities and dependence on others for assistance. This vulnerability makes them easy targets for physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect, financial exploitation and fraud. Abuse always occurs when there are no witnesses.
As your Attorney General, my highest priority is to protect Arizona from predators. We know consumers lose billions of dollars each year to fraud. In an effort to educate older adults we have created this “Senior Tool Kit”.
Seniors are at risk to become victims of theft, fraud, and are particularly vulnerable to scams. My office wants you to be as prepared as possible, because you could encounter a scam on the phone, through the mail, via computer or even when someone you do not know knocks on your door with an offer that may be too good to be true.